Review: All’s Well by Mona Awad [ARC]

Disclaimer: I received an eARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I love magical realism and this novel is full of it! From the mention of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, this novel had me intrigued!

I read this as part of the Gothtober Readathon for the disability rep.

All's Well book cover

All's Well

by Mona Awad

Published July 3, 2021 by Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1982169664

Data from Goodreads

Miranda Fitch’s life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left her with excruciating, chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a deepening dependence on painkillers. And now she’s on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, the play that promised, and cost, her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hellbent on staging Macbeth instead. Miranda sees her chance at redemption slip through her fingers.

That’s when she meets three strange benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Miranda’s past and a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the show goes on, her rebellious students get what’s coming to them, and the invisible, doubted pain that’s kept her from the spotlight is made known.

Rep: chronic pain

My Review: Strange and Open-Ended

The Pros: What Worked For Me

  • From the beginning, I could connect with Miranda’s character. Even though I do not suffer from chronic pain, the author describes it so vividly that I could understand and empathize with Miranda.
  • The elements of magical realism in this story are weird – in the best way possible! I was creeped out yet intrigued by it all!
  • The story has this tension to it that keeps the readers on edge, all the way until the end.
  • The references to Shakespeare were a fun nod, and the intelligence that the author shows in connecting Miranda’s story to the play was amazing!

The Cons: What I Didn’t Like

  • I didn’t like the confusing ending; there was no closure and the events were jumbled and jarring.

All in all, this is such a unique story, with great magical realism! I was completely caught up in it and had a great time reading it so I’m giving this novel 4/5 stars.

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